Business help and support during Coronavirus

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3. Discretionary Business Grants

A discretionary fund is being set up to accommodate certain businesses in England previously outside the scope of the Business Support Grants.

The application form is due to go live on Monday 8 June 2020. Sign up to the Business Brief to receive an email when the scheme goes live. 

In the meantime businesses can prepare for their application by reading our policy document, making sure they meet the basic eligibility criteria and bringing together their supporting documents.


Please carefully read the following policy document before you start preparing for your application:

Any remaining questions you have may be answered in the following:


This grant funding is for businesses that are not eligible for other support schemes. Businesses which have received cash grants from any central government COVID-19 related scheme are ineligible for funding from the discretionary grants fund. Such grant schemes include:

  • Business Support Grants
  • The Fisheries Response Fund
  • Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSS)
  • The Zoos Support Fund
  • The Dairy Hardship Fund

Businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are eligible to apply for this scheme.

Businesses who are eligible for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) are eligible to apply for this scheme as well.

Only businesses which were trading on or prior to 11 March 2020 are eligible for this scheme.

Companies that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme

Evidence and supporting documents

Before you start you will need to bring together various details and evidence.

We strongly recommend you go through our checklist to make sure you have everything to hand before you start your application.